Panasonic has just announced the world’s first digital interchangeable lens system camera with a movable LCD in the form of the Lumix DMC-G2, where it enables touch-control for easy snapping of photos. As you can tell by its model number alone, the Lumix DMC-G2 is the successor to the award-winning and revolutionary Lumix G1, which co-incidentally was the first Micro Four Thirds digital camera in the world. The inclusion of an intuitive touch-control capability will elevate the camera’s operability when it comes to shooting photos since you will be able to adjust auto focus (AF) simply by touching the subject on the large 3″ 460,000-dot high-resolution LCD display. Apart from great looking stills, the Lumix G2 is also more than capable of handling 720p High Definition video thanks to the AVCHD Lite format.
Nice to know that the touch-screen operation is not limited to just its photo taking sessions, but can also be used during playback as well. Touching a single thumbnail allows you to view it in full glory, while dragging photos across the screen to browse is a snap, as simple as flipping through the pages of a book although we’re pretty sure that it won’t be as seamless as the experience on an iPhone. Whenever you lock onto a subject, the Lumix G2 will enable AF Tracking while keeping track of the subject as it moves within the frame. Apart from that, touching the screen will also allow you to choose the part and the size of AF area with the 1-area AF. There is also manual focus for those who prefer to gain more control over their image quality.
Other features include a 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor, the high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine HD II, Intelligent Resolution technology, a Dust Reduction System, as well as a bunch of software to help you get started on editing your very own videos. The Panasonic LUMIX G2 will hit the market pretty soon, where it will come in red, blue and black colors.